Gotcha. A buddy of mine got a cheap everlast speed bag set-up [under $50] that he beat on just about daily for a little over 2 years before the actual bag busted at the seams. 2 years for less than 50 bucks is a pretty good deal to me.
Well that's the setup that I have- probably the same Everlast one. I'm just looking upgrade the swivel and the bag so I can make it more effective without dropping the paper on a whole new fuckin platform haha.
He had the one with the open ended swivel so the bag would go all over the place. He got pretty damn good on that thing. The single action swivel has it going just back and forth, so it's much easier. I never spent enough time on 'em to get even decent at either. Good God those things are frustrating.
I'm more inclined to learn it for the "hardass" factor! LOL. It sucks when there are ladies who can do it with ease, but I can't do it at all! Makes me feel like less of a man. Think I might order one for the gym here. Figure I should get decent with it by the time I redeploy.
My hands could always be faster, however, I like the "cool" factor. Ever since watching the Mayweather/De La Hoya 24/7, where they were working it with one arm, without looking, I want to do it. Silly, yes. Cool, though, hell yeah!
You know dude, I used to think like this, but once I really started doing it, the benefits in hand-eye coordination, endurance, and timing really started to get me.
Watch this video- Freddie seems to think it's important as well, and generally that's enough for me.
And by the way- being able to to do it looking away, eyes closed, one armed, etc. all looks really cool but it's not that hard to do haha. Once you get the rythym down you could be doin fuckin calculus while you're hitting it and not worry
Light sparring works really well if you have the right people for it. Wait, ADD kicked in.
I like doing the speed bag cuz people think you actually have all around boxing skills if you do it really well. Such as looking away as you mentioned or talking to the cute girl who's amazed. Watching Rocky 3 as a kid is what made me want to learn it.